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ARB Newsclips for February 11, 2014. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. CAP AND TRADE China's Hubei plans province's first carbon auction next month. China's Hubei province will auction up to 2 million carbon permits at a government-set minimum price next month to kick-start the nation's sixth pilot emissions trading scheme (ETS). Hubei's carbon market will be only the second to sell a share of the permits. In most of the other trial schemes, the permits have been handed out for free. China, the world's top emitter of greenhouse gases, is seeking to limit its impact on climate change…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/11/china-carbon-idUSL3N0LG27O20140211 EU Carbon Permits Drop as German Official Sees Market Fix in Q2. European Union carbon prices dropped the most in three weeks after a German official said he expected a rescue plan for the region’s emissions market to start in the second quarter at the earliest. The EU will probably not begin temporary curbs on supply of carbon permits this quarter…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-02-11/eu-carbon-permits-drop-as-german-official-sees-market-fix-in-q2.html AIR POLLUTION Sierra Club threatens lawsuit over EPA's handling of states' SO2 plans. The Sierra Club threatened to sue U.S. EPA yesterday over what the group called the agency's failure to enforce Clean Air Act sulfur pollution provisions. The group, in a notice of intent to sue, said EPA had failed to force states to submit sulfur dioxide management plans to meet a 2010 standard by the June 2013 deadline. Thirty states have yet to submit plans, the group said, and EPA has not issued any findings of a failure to submit. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059994394/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Droughts in Amazon rainforest lead to carbon dioxide release – study A drying Amazon rainforest is bad news for the climate: It helps increase carbon releases into the atmosphere, according to a new study. The Amazon plays a critical role in regulating the Earth's climate because of its extensive forests, which are half the Earth's tropical rainforests. The trees in the Amazon when healthy absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and keep it stored. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059994348/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Con Edison to Calculate Benefits Of Preparing Utility for Climate Change. Electric utility Con Edison will conduct an economic analysis to quantify the benefits of preparing its infrastructure for the impacts of climate change, a company official said Feb. 10. Stuart Nachmias, Con Edison's vice president of energy policy and regulatory affairs, said the analysis will build on the company's $1 billion post-Hurricane Sandy plan to fortify its electric and gas infrastructure…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-11/con-edison-to-calculate-benefits-of-preparing-for-climate-change.html California vows to press ahead with climate change programs. California plans to extend its suite of ambitious and controversial carbon reduction programs beyond 2020, saying the results to date show the state can grow its economy while fighting climate change. The state's Air Resources Board (ARB) on Monday released an update of its plan to meet its goal of cutting emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by mid-century. Posted. http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/02/11/us-california-climate-policy-idINBREA1A04S20140211 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-california-climate-policy-20140210,0,7725314.story Freezing Out the Bigger Picture. At the exact moment President Obama was declaring last month that “climate change is a fact,” thousands of drivers in Atlanta were trapped in a grueling winter ordeal, trying to get home on roads that had turned into ribbons of ice. As the president addressed Congress and the nation in his State of the Union speech, it was snowing intermittently outside the Capitol. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/science/freezing-out-the-bigger-picture.html?hpw&rref=science California should set interim goal for cutting emissions, report says. California is on track to reach its target for reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, but much tougher choices loom if the state is to meet its goal for the year 2050, state air quality officials say in a new report. The changes needed to slash emissions enough to reach the mid-century target will be so great that the state should set an interim goal for about 2030…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-0211-climate-change-20140211,0,636855.story#ixzz2t2CWTeCt El Nino likely late this year. There's a 75 percent chance that an El Nino will develop late this year, improving the prospects that Southern California will pull out of a deep drought, scientists say in a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The forecast was made by an international team of scientists who said they've developed a model that enables them to make such a prediction about one year in advance…Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/10/elnino-california-weather-climate/ White and green roofs fight global warming, study finds. How much can white or green roofs do to fight climate change? That depends on the region, says a new study, finding that white roofs offer less benefit in Northern areas than Southern ones. Painting roofs white or covering them with plants could help fight global warming, but they don't offer the same bang for the buck everywhere, says a study Monday of six U.S. "megapolitan" regions. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/10/white-green-roofs-global-warming/5341261/ State urges further emissions cuts to preserve 'California lifestyle' California officials yesterday proposed expanding their suite of climate policies to reduce emissions from energy, transportation and other sectors through 2030 and beyond. A document put out yesterday by state regulators makes the case that combating climate change is essential to maintain California's economic dynamism while protecting its abundant and varied natural environment. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059994369/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Clean Air Act justifies EPA actions to address warming, agency says in Supreme Court filing. U.S. EPA this week defended its program for tackling greenhouse gases from a Supreme Court challenge, arguing that the agency's actions to address global warming are rooted in its historical interpretation of the Clean Air Act. The Supreme Court later this month will hear arguments from industry and several states that EPA unlawfully applied greenhouse gas permitting…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059994395/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT Northern California gets a big drink, but the state is still thirsty. The storm system that soaked much of Northern California over the weekend didn't end the state's punishing drought. But it just may have kept it out of the record books. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-drought-storm-20140211,0,3329633.story#ixzz2t2JJocVz Storm allows boost in Delta water diversions. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was able to take advantage of increased runoff from the wet weekend storms to boost water diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Reclamation tripled its diversions from the Delta on Sunday and expects to increase that pumping a little more on Tuesday. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/10/6145645/storm-allows-boost-in-delta-water.html#storylink=cpy California drought: Storm a reprieve, not a cure. Last month, the small Mendocino County city of Willits faced a real possibility of running out of water. The city's two reservoirs were approaching record low levels and the city manager estimated that just three months of drinking water remained. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/California-drought-Storm-a-reprieve-not-a-cure-5222416.php Addressing California’s Water Challenges Through Action and Collaboration. California is in the throes of the worst drought in the 160 years during which records have been kept. As a result, the state’s overextended water system is in crisis. All segments of California’s economy one of the largest in the world are experiencing the effects of this drought. Posted. http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/california-news/7125-addressing-california-s-water-challenges-through-action-and-collaboration.html Emergency water aid for Willits. As several California communities face severe water shortages due to the drought, CAL FIRE, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are assisting the city of Willits, in Mendocino County, with the installation of an emergency water pipe. Posted. http://www.times-standard.com/breakingnews/ci_25106547/emergency-water-aid-willits DIESEL EMISSIONS EPA appeals ruling that tossed 'certificates of conformity' for engine maker. U.S. EPA yesterday asked federal appellate judges to reconsider their ruling that threw out the agency's approval of heavy-duty truck engines that did not meet its air standards. In December, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with Daimler Trucks North America and others in a challenge to "certificates of conformity" that EPA issued to a competitor, Navistar International Corp. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059994404/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Greens fume at State's bet on oil sands as the new Bakken. The State Department softened some of its sunniest growth predictions for Canadian oil sands by rail in its final environmental review of Keystone XL -- but greens still warn that only analysts in rose-colored glasses could see trains as a viable substitute for the pipeline. Underpinning State's outlook for rail shipments of oil sands, the foundation of its prediction that KXL would not wreak climate havoc…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059994362/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES No need to spend more than a few seconds idling to warm up car. When the temperature drops below freezing, does it make sense to spend time and fuel letting your vehicle warm up by idling? When our staff put that question to highly-rated auto mechanics from such cold-experienced cities as Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee and Cincinnati, the general answer is that idling beyond 10 to 30 seconds isn't required. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/10/6143508/no-need-to-spend-more-than-a-few.html#storylink=cpy GREEN ENERGY CA solar jobs to exceed 50,000 in 2014. The number of jobs in California related to solar energy grew by about 8 percent to 47,223 workers last year, according to a survey released Tuesday by The Solar Foundation. The nonprofit research and education group identified roughly 3,500 new positions in the state during the 12 months ending in November 2013. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/11/solar-jobs-fifty-thousand/ NASCAR, Lockheed Martin link arms to promote green technology. NASCAR is aiming to make auto racing greener and spur interest in renewable energy among the next generation of engineers and scientists. The racing organization announced a partnership yesterday with Lockheed Martin Corp. to promote renewable energy at racing events, highlight the use of biofuels in NASCAR cars…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059994392/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Newell: Climate change impacts winter sports. It took four years of intense training, but I am now in Sochi as a proud member of the US Cross Country Skiing Olympic Team. It is an incredible honor to represent my country and my community at the Olympic Games. While our U.S. team walked out together during the Parade of Nations at the Opening Ceremonies, I was moved by the power of almost 100 nations uniting behind a spirit of global competition and collaboration. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/02/11/andrew-newell-olympics-global-warming/5370379/ BLOGS Environmentalists dread Obama’s California drought trip. Environmental groups said Monday that they are concerned that President Obama will get a one-sided view of California’s drought when he visits Fresno on Friday, as Republicans mount an increasingly potent political attack on river and fish restorations. http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2014/02/10/obamas-impending-fresno-visit-raises-alarms/ First Scoping Plan Update Lays Groundwork for a Low-Carbon Future. The Proposed First Update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan (Proposed Update), released today by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), is a more focused and ambitious version of the document first released last fall that is part of a larger California climate strategy. Importantly, the Proposed Update continues to build a framework for significant post-2020 carbon pollution reductions needed for the state. Posted. http://blogs.edf.org/californiadream/2014/02/10/first-scoping-plan-update-lays-groundwork-for-a-low-carbon-future/#sthash.n69YWhU9.dpuf Global Warming Speed Bump? The Answer May Be Blowing in the Wind! An interesting new paper by Matthew England and colleagues just published in the journal Nature Climate Change tosses another hat in the ring when it comes to explanations of the so-called "hiatus" or "pause" (I prefer "speed bump") in global warming. As I have discussed previously, the fact that global surface temperatures have not increased as much over the past decade as many climate models predict they should have…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-e-mann/global-warming-speed-bump_b_4756711.html Obama, Hollande climate-change push: a boost for clean energy. Climate change is among four key themes French President Francois Hollande is emphasizing in his state visit to the US this week. Mr. Hollande and President Obama say a 'renewed alliance' between the US and France will help expand a global clean-energy push. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0211/Obama-Hollande-climate-change-push-a-boost-for-clean-energy Cadillac confident attitude will attract the elite to ELR plug-in hybrid. Cadillac is not going to pull any punches when it comes to promoting its plug-in hybrid ELR. In the real world, the company is showing off the Wreath And Crest's coupe with Chevy Volt technology at exclusive events with "groups whose members are affluent, green-minded and have an appreciation for design and innovation," says Automotive News. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/02/10/cadillac-elr-neil-mcdonough-olympics-ad/ Renault planning Next Two self-driving EV for 2020. The French automaking giant is touting its Next Two prototype, which is based on the Renault Zoe platform and marks the company's entry into the autonomous-driving field. Renault says the electric-powered Next Two, which may be ready for the world as soon as 2020, will help city commuters by being programmed to self-drive in traffic to speeds up to 18 miles per hour. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/02/10/renault-planning-next-two-self-driving-ev-for-2020/ Yurok Tribe Tosses Cap in Trade Ring. The Yurok Tribe has entered the carbon trade market, joining with sustainable forestry investment group New Forests Inc. to sell carbon credits based on a 7,660-acre patch of Doug fir and mixed hardwood forest the tribe's promised to manage for increased carbon sequestration. The tribe will be issued 704,520 credits, according to a news release from New Forests. This will be "the first forest carbon offset project developed under the California Compliance Offset Protocol…Posted. http://www.northcoastjournal.com/Blogthing/archives/2014/02/11/yurok-tribe-tosses-cap-in-trade-ring California is in a drought emergency. 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